Central Station and its surrounds are currently subject to proposals for substantial over-development into a tech precinct that will damage the heritage fabric and character of the area. Find out what's been proposed and how you can help raise a voice against this final stage of the damaging rezoning of Central.
The proposals include building over the platforms of Central Station itself, over the Paint Shop in Eveleigh, and on top of the landmark Parcels Post Office Building at Railway Square. The National Trust (NSW) opposes this overdevelopment as it dwarfs the readability, context and familiarity of this heritage precinct.
Building over Central Station
The Central Station rezoning proposal aims to:
- Rezone the precinct for substantially greater heights
- Enclose the country platforms
- Build multiple high-rise towers over the top of Central Station
The National Trust opposes this for a number of reasons:
- The station and clock tower were designed to be a landmark structure visible from afar, and the rezoning for skyscrapers means it will be obscured and dwarfed by the surrounding architecture.
- Enclosing and building over the country platforms will significantly change the character of the station. The country terminus platforms follow the quintessentially Australian station format – with access to the skies and the weather and the great outdoors. To internalise this zone will be to sever its connection to the surrounding world.
- Large scale changes to the area will damage and demolish parts of the heritage fabric, and change the views and outlook to and from the station, including obscuring the clock tower from the proposed new east-west concourse that is proposed.
Redfern-Eveleigh Paint Shop
The Paint Shop redevelopment proposal includes:
- Inadequate evaluation of the heritage significance of the Paint Shop and its curtilage
- Rezoning the space for multi-storey buildings on almost all of the directly adjacent land
- A multi-storey development spiraling through the centre of the Paint Shop itself.
The National Trust is opposed to this for a number of reasons:
- Improper heritage evaluation and consideration means important elements of our railway heritage can and will be lost to development
- Large scale development directly adjacent to the Paint Shop will obscure the building’s visibility, hide heritage curtilage and change the low rise character of the Carriageworks precinct
- A multi-storey development cutting through the heart of the Paint Shop building will damage its integrity in countless ways – from its architecture to its physical fabric to its historical integrity.
- Building over the saw-tooth roofs of the Paint Shop building removes one of its single most important architectural elements.
Western Gateway Precinct
The development of the Central Station Precinct that fronts Railway Square is referred to as the “Western Gateway” and there are several proposals in this area.
An approved tower of over 200m in height for Atlassian sits atop the historic small scale Central Station Parcels Shed, while a current tower proposal by TOGA is built upon the Former Parcels Post Office. Both of these proposals are on top of historic buildings within the State Heritage Register boundary for Central Station, and involve significant demolition.
As with the Central Station and Paint Shop rezonings, the scale of the Western Gateway Precinct overwhelms and overshadows the historic area. Combined, these precincts monopolize and degrade the heritage fabric, memory and character of Central Station and its surrounds. The railway history of NSW and Australia should not be lost to overdevelopment, and any rezoning or renovation to the area should instead do as much as necessary…and as little as possible (Burra Charter).
What can you do to help?
The Central Station Rezoning proposal is currently on exhibition, and you can make a submission here.
Raise your voice against this final stage of the damaging rezoning of Central before submissions close on October 4 2022.
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